History Trivia / BabylonFive

29th Nov '17 4:45:15 PM ErikModi
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** The character of Warren Keffer existed purely because of this, the studio demanded a hot-shot crack pilot character. Naturally, he got killed off at the earliest possible opportunity. Actually he wasn't that bad a character all told, though some of his dialog was rather cheesy.

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** The character of Warren Keffer existed purely because of this, the studio demanded a hot-shot crack pilot character. JMS admits to ''hating'' that character type. Naturally, he got killed off at the earliest possible opportunity. Actually he wasn't that bad a character all told, though some of his dialog was rather cheesy.



** Notably, around the end of Season 2, all Executive Meddling stopped. The studio just stopped sending notes with suggestions and demands, apparently either deciding to just let JMS do his thing or forgetting about him completely.



* HostilityOnTheSet: Claudia Christan and JMS didn't get on. They're still sniping at each other through tell-all books and interviews.



* HostilityOnTheSet: Claudia Christan and JMS didn't get on. They're still sniping at each other through tell-all books and interviews.

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* HostilityOnTheSet: Claudia Christan LyingCreator: JMS pulled off a ''doozy'' in one commentary where he discusses Michael O'Hare leaving the show, explaining that it was totally mutual because JMS had written Sinclair as too involved in the Minbari arc (of the past) and JMS didn't get on. They're still sniping at each other through tell-all books couldn't effectively tie him into the Shadow War arc (of the future), and interviews.O'Hare wanted to do more stage work, so they decided to part on good terms and handle the resolution to Sinclair's story somewhere down the line. The real reason, not revealed until after O'Hare's death, was that he was suffering from severe schizophrenia and left after the first season to seek treatment.
26th Nov '17 4:38:35 PM nombretomado
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* HugoAward: The Hugo award the show won, for either "''The Coming of Shadows''" (1996) or "''Severed Dreams''" (1997) appeared in on Ivanova's desk in "''Sleeping in Light''".

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* HugoAward: UsefulNotes/HugoAward: The Hugo award the show won, for either "''The Coming of Shadows''" (1996) or "''Severed Dreams''" (1997) appeared in on Ivanova's desk in "''Sleeping in Light''".
30th Sep '17 7:18:32 AM ClintEastwood
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* PostScriptSeason: The show was originally plotted to a five-season arc. When the Creator/{{PTEN}} syndication network crumbled around it and the show was not renewed for a fifth season, the fourth season storyline was reworked to complete the entire arc. The show was subsequently granted a fifth season, but with almost all of its major plot threads resolved. The fifth season that resulted was much weaker, and was composed of a lot of stories that had been cut from earlier seasons for various reasons.
28th Aug '17 9:02:59 AM kraas
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* CreatorBreakdown: A lot of the cast was dealing with deep personal issues during the show, more so than usual for the entertainment industry. Michael O'Hare was a schizophrenic, which led to his replacement, Claudia Christian was a rape survivor who later became a severe alcoholic (she's doing well now), and Jeff Conaway had serious drug problems (which contributed to the pneumonia that ultimately killed him). Yet the cast had amazing chemistry together. It's really amazing how they've all stuck together despite what they've been through, and it makes the story arcs where the characters deal with personal issues even more meaningful.

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* CreatorBreakdown: A lot of the cast was dealing with deep personal issues during the show, more so than usual for the entertainment industry. Michael O'Hare was a schizophrenic, schizophrenic (and this fact was not known by the public or even the other cast members until JMS revealed it after O'Hare's death), which led to his replacement, Claudia Christian was a rape survivor who later became a severe alcoholic (she's doing well now), and Jeff Conaway had serious drug problems (which contributed to the pneumonia that ultimately killed him). Yet the cast had amazing chemistry together. It's really amazing how they've all stuck together despite what they've been through, and it makes the story arcs where the characters deal with personal issues even more meaningful.
16th Aug '17 1:44:09 PM ClintEastwood
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* CreatorBreakdown: A lot of the cast was dealing with deep personal issues during the show, more so than usual for the entertainment industry. Michael O'Hare was a schizophrenic, which led to his replacement, Claudia Christian was a rape survivor who later became a severe alcoholic (she's doing well now), and Jeff Conaway had serious drug problems (which contributed to the pneumonia that ultimately killed him). Yet the cast had amazing chemistry together. It's really amazing how they've all stuck together despite what they've been through, and it makes the story arcs where the characters deal with personal issues even more meaningful.



** Majel Barrett guest starred in the third season as Lady Morella, the third wife to the late Centauri Emperor, as a means to quell the fan-anger between the shows. She'd previously been one of the biggest ''Trek''-associated supporters of the show, frequently telling fans at conventions to check it out.

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** Majel Barrett Creator/MajelBarrett guest starred in the third season as Lady Morella, the third wife to the late Centauri Emperor, as a means to quell the fan-anger between the shows. She'd previously been one of the biggest ''Trek''-associated supporters of the show, frequently telling fans at conventions to check it out.



* HostilityOnTheSet: Claudia Christan and JMS didn't get on. They're still sniping at each other through tell-all books and interviews.



* TroubledProduction:
** A lot of the cast was dealing with deep personal issues during the show, more so than usual for the entertainment industry. Michael O'Hare was a schizophrenic, which led to his replacement, Claudia Christian was a rape survivor who later became a severe alcoholic (she's doing well now), and Jeff Conaway had serious drug problems (which contributed to the pneumonia that ultimately killed him). Yet the cast had amazing chemistry together. It's really amazing how they've all stuck together despite what they've been through, and it makes the story arcs where the characters deal with personal issues even more meaningful. Most of the B5 core cast is still tight-knit to this day, particularly Claudia Christian, Bruce Boxleitner, and Mira Furlan. (Furlan even says that Boxleitner is still their "Captain.") Andreas Katulas and Peter Jurasik were best friends up until Katulas' death from terminal lung cancer.
** The only two who don't get along are Claudia Christan and JMS himself; they're still sniping at each other through tell-all books and interviews.
28th Jul '17 5:06:12 PM kraas
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** Though with Jerry Doyle's death in 2016, this is seeming less and less likely.

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** Though with Jerry Doyle's death in 2016, followed by Stephen Furst in 2017, this is seeming less and less likely.
21st Jul '17 5:00:25 AM lrrose
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** Jerry Doyle (Michael Garibaldi) died from an alcoholism-related heart attack in 2012 aged 60.

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** Jerry Doyle (Michael Garibaldi) died from an alcoholism-related heart attack in 2012 2016 aged 60.
21st Jul '17 1:55:07 AM LondonKdS
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* TheProductionCurse: A relatively low-key example, but fans have been saddened and spooked by the number of actors in the show who have died relatively young:
** Richard Biggs (Dr. Stephen Franklin) died of a ruptured aorta in 2004 aged only 44.
** Tim Choate (Zathras) died in a motorcycle accident later in 2004 aged 49.
** Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar) died of lung cancer in 2006 aged 59.
** Jeff Conaway (Zack Allan) died from drug-abuse-related illnesses in 2011 aged 60.
** Michael O'Hare (Jeffrey Sinclair) died from a heart attack in 2012 aged 60. It was subsequently revealed, by pre-arrangement with him about what would happen on his death, that he had developed schizophrenia during the making of his season of the show, and struggled with it for the rest of his life.
** Jerry Doyle (Michael Garibaldi) died from an alcoholism-related heart attack in 2012 aged 60.
** Stephen Furst (Vir Kotto) died from diabetes complications in 2017 aged 63.
12th Mar '17 4:20:03 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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*** The Minbari association with 3 would seem, however, to explain Deep Space Nine's titular station design. Three sections (core, habitat, docking), three sets of docking pylons, three vertical docking levels (2-pylon and 1-ring), 9 docking ports around the perimeter, three spokes...

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*** The Minbari association with 3 would seem, however, to explain Deep Space Nine's titular station design. Three sections (core, habitat, docking), three sets of docking pylons, three vertical docking levels (2-pylon and 1-ring), 9 docking ports around the perimeter, three spokes...spokes....



** Then there are the computer interfaces; the buttons look like colorful candy, and the interfaces look like a child's computer game...from the 80's.

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** Then there are the computer interfaces; the buttons look like colorful candy, and the interfaces look like a child's computer game... from the 80's.



** JMS once asked actor Wortham Krimmer to tone down Emperor Cartagia's fey behavior, to which Krimmer responded, "Well, Joe, he's bisexual, don't you know." When JMS gave an "[[WagTheDirector oh really]]" sort of reply, Krimmer said, "Absolutely. He's the emperor. He can f--- anyone he wants."

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** JMS once asked actor Wortham Krimmer to tone down Emperor Cartagia's fey behavior, to which Krimmer responded, "Well, Joe, he's bisexual, don't you know." When JMS gave an "[[WagTheDirector oh really]]" sort of reply, Krimmer said, "Absolutely. He's the emperor. He can f--- f-- anyone he wants."
9th Mar '17 7:01:53 AM Fighteer
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** You remember that line about "electric bleachers"? You probably thought that JMS was just being grimdark. It's an actual quote from Jerry Doyle which JMS "stole" for the show.
*** Zack Allen's complaints about his uniform not fitting were actual complaints Jeff Conaway made, unaware that JMS had heard him. He was very surprised to see his comments appear in a script.

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** You remember that line about "electric bleachers"? You probably thought that JMS was just being grimdark. It's an actual quote from Jerry Doyle which JMS "stole" for the show.
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Zack Allen's complaints about his uniform not fitting were actual complaints Jeff Conaway made, unaware that JMS had heard him. He was very surprised to see his comments appear in a script.
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